Vitsebsk resident sentenced to 4.5 years for TikTok video about police

The 24-year-old was accused of “inciting social hatred on the basis of professional activity related to the protection of public order,” the Prosecutor General’s Office reports.

According to the General Prosecutor’s Office, from July 16 to August 12, 2020 a resident of Vitsebsk “in a state of alcoholic intoxication, to arouse social hatred posted three videos from his page in TikTok in public access”.

“The material presented in them formed a negative attitude toward police officers and members of the army command staff, encouraging violent and aggressive actions,” the press release noted.

The young man “pleaded guilty and repented of what he had done.” “He explained that he did so after reading destructive information on the Internet, which he perceived as real,” the press release said.

The Judicial Board of Vitsebsk Regional Court found the guy guilty under Part 1 Article 130 of the Criminal Code and sentenced him to imprisonment of 4.5 years to be served in a maximum security penal colony with a fine of 5,400 rubles.

The General Prosecutor’s Office states that the 24-year-old had been previously convicted 10 times.